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The role of space in the emergence and endurance of organizing: How independent workers and material assemblages constitute organizations [r-libre/1511]

Cnossen, Boukje, & Bencherki, Nicolas (In Press). The role of space in the emergence and endurance of organizing: How independent workers and material assemblages constitute organizations. Human Relations, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726718794265

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Refereed: Yes
Status: In Press
Abstract: Where do new organizations come from, and how do they persist? Based on an ethnographic study of two creative hubs in Amsterdam, in which creative independent workers rented studio space, we show how space plays a role in constituting new organizations and making them last. Focusing on challenging moments in the development of these two creative hubs, we propose that space, understood as a material assemblage, participates in providing endurance to organizing practices. It does so because space and practice reflexively account for each other. In other words, space may constrain or enable practices, and provide them with meaning, as the literature abundantly illustrates, but practices also define and shape space. Rather than emphasizing either of these two options, we argue that they should be understood as integral to each other. Furthermore, it is precisely their reflexive relation that contributes to the emergence of new organizations. Our study contributes to the literature on the communicative constitution of organizations, and more broadly to the knowledge of organizing in the creative industries.
Additional Information: This research was supported by funding from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (grant number 407-12-008) and the University of Amsterdam.
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00187...
Depositor: Bencherki, Nicolas
Owner / Manager: Nicolas Bencherki
Deposited: 25 Sep 2018 14:56
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 14:56

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